MIKE KEEGAN: Substitutes for temporary concussion will NOT be tried in the Premier League

MIKE KEEGAN: Substitutes for temporary concussions will NOT be tried in the Premier League as Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton branded IFAB ‘Buffoons’ for opposing the decision

Substitutes for temporary concussions will not be tried in the Premier League after “idiotic” rulemakers rejected suggestions in an “improbable” move.

Sportsmail columnist and activist Chris Sutton has branded the IFAB (International Football Association Board) as the “International Federation of Buffoons” after they rejected an FA-backed request to introduce the protocol in the top flight, MLS and Ligue 1 .

It had been thought that the move would get the green light. But after a controversial summit, the IFAB said that “no consensus could be reached” and that effective ways to implement the current system of permanent concussion subs were being explored instead.

Substitutes for temporary concussions will no longer be tested in the Premier League going forward

Substitutes for temporary concussions will no longer be tested in the Premier League going forward

IFAB has turned down an FA-backed request to introduce the protocol in the top flight

IFAB has turned down an FA-backed request to introduce the protocol in the top flight

“That’s absolutely idiotic,” Sutton said. ‘Brainless. Are these people stupid? This isn’t rocket science. Didn’t these people see the World Cup? Iran goalkeeper vs England – almost gets his head cut off and stays on the field. It’s incredible. They are idiots.

‘Sutton also urged current players to comment. “Their families will be the ones who suffer later and ask why they weren’t given the best duty of care.

Chris Sutton branded the IFAB

Chris Sutton branded the IFAB “Buffoons”

The players have the power. Why aren’t we hearing from them? They talk about many other subjects. You can have all the money in the world, but it won’t undo the damage.’

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham, who chaired the meeting and filed the process – which he is behind – was reluctant to point the finger.

However, he admitted that the concussion debate was the “longest talk” in a session, adding about 90 minutes to its length.

Asked if the Premier League process could still happen next season or has been pushed further afield, he said: “It’s been pushed further afield.

“I submitted it a year ago, I submitted it again today. There are different points of view and they all have their merits. I’m probably not the best person to give you both sides of the argument, but at the moment there will be no IFAB support for a trial.’

The permanent concussion replacement attempt will instead continue indefinitely. FIFA said it conducted a survey of team doctors who had joined the study and found that 71 percent supported the replacement model for a permanent concussion.

The move was also welcomed by the PFA’s head of brain health, Dr. Adam Wright, planned.

“There is a fundamental problem when players’ unions and leagues feel that football’s legislators are preventing them from doing what they believe is best to protect player safety,” he said.

Substitutes for temporary concussions could still be tested in the Premier League next season

Substitutes for temporary concussions could still be tested in the Premier League next season

“The next step will be for unions and leagues to discuss what this means and what options are available to them.

“We believe that the introduction of temporary concussion replacement devices is now increasingly seen as a sensible measure to better protect players.” Many will rightly ask, “If not now, then when?”

Elsewhere in the meeting, it was agreed that referees at next week’s Club World Cup – including England official Anthony Taylor – will for the first time explain the rationale behind VAR decisions to in-stadium and television audiences.

A trial proposal for a countdown clock to replace the referee as timekeeper was also rejected.

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